Emergency storm shelters available across Bay Area

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Several areas offer emergency storm shelters as a refuge as the storm worsens in the Bay Area. 

Find one near you below.

San Francisco

The San Fransisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing has made shelter beds available at several locations,

Beds will be available through Sunday, Jan. 15 on a first-come-first-served basis at the following locations in San Fransisco:

  • Next Door Shelter: 1001 Polk Street (intake 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • MCS South: 525 5th Street (intake 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Sanctuary: 201 8th Street (intake 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral: 111 Gough Street (intake begins at 6 p.m.)
  • SF County Fair Building: 1199 9th Avenue (intake 24/7 through Jan. 6)


San Mateo County

Pescadero High School at 360 Butano Cutoff, Pescadero

East Bay


Oakland City has doubled its bed capacity at its St. Vincent de Paul shelter at 675 23rd Street in West Oakland through Friday. The shelter will be able to accommodate up to 100 people. 

Beds can be secured through referral, reservation, and walk-up on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Those seeking shelter can contact St. Vincent de Paul directly at (510) 638-7600. 

The city will also be opening an additional shelter at the Ira Junkins Center at 9175 Edes Ave, near the Coliseum from Wednesday evening through Friday noon. 

The shelter is open to families of all ages and is pet friendly. It can accommodate up to 75 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Alameda County Social Services is opening emergency storm shelters in the Washington High School Small Gymnasium at 38442 Fremont Avenue, Fremont from Wednesday, January 4 through Friday, January 6. 

The shelters will be offering warm meals, beverages, and face masks. Pets are welcome with food, water, and kennels. 

Officials advise you to enter through the parking lot on County Drive. Call 510-574-2050 for more information.

For more information on shelters, transitional housing, and all other emergency housing in Alameda County, please call 211.  

Union City

The Union City Ruggerio Senior Center at 33997 Alvarado-Niles Road is available as an emergency storm shelter to those in need from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning at 8 a.m. 

The shelter allows pets with a leash, crate, or cage. 

South Bay

San Jose

The American Red Cross opened a 24-hour emergency shelter at Seven Treet Community Center 3590 Cas Drive from Wednesday through January 16. Families and pets are welcome and no referral is needed. 

For more info, call 408-539-2105.

North Bay

San Rafael

Marin County will open its overnight emergency warming shelter for those in need of this week’s storm. 

The shelter is located at the Marin County Health and Wellness campus located at 3240 Kerner Boulevard from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m.

Learn more here.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County Fairgrounds at1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.